With the myriad of Walt Disney World resort options in Orlando, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort & Convention Center might get overlooked as a business hotel, but it’s also a fun find, especially for toddlers and families.
Toddler Fun at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort
Set around a man-made lake, it was a pleasure walking around Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort & Convention Center campus. I write “campus” because the Disney resort is so large that it felt like a small college, yet still contained like a little community.
The overall theme is a mix between Spanish-colonial and ancient Mexico. Thus, the large Dig Site Pool built around a 50-foot replica waterfall of a Mayan pyramid. For older kids there is a 120-foot waterslide that my husband tried out while my kids were splashing around in the baby pool complete with fun water fountains to play with. The pool also has free life jackets available for children and toddlers on display. Next to the pool is the Dig Site Playground with sand pits and faux Mayan ruins turned into a play zone with slides and jungle gyms.
As expected when staying at a Disney resort, you can’t beat the transportation access to the different Disney parks with buses running every 20 minutes (although I never had to wait more than 5 minutes in either direction), plus the great food options.
Food Options at
Coronado Springs Resort
The center of the Coronado Springs Resort’s campus “El Centro,” included a quick-serve cafeteria with plenty of seating for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This was a great option for toddlers as we didn’t have to wait to be seated or worry about making too much noise. For breakfast, my boys especially enjoyed eating the adorable and tasty Mickey-shaped waffles. There were other restaurant options with waiter service, but after a long day of fun at the Disney parks, we never tried this option. We did grab hot dogs and other food for lunch by the pool too, which was perfect for getting the kids to eat without having to drag them too far away from the fun that they were having in the kiddie pool.
Casitas Rooms at the Coronado Springs Resort
We were in the Casitas 4 village, which was in between El Centro and the Dig Site pool and playground, thus super convenient. Casitas 4 also had its own large pool, which was less crowded and quieter, thus a great option for adults and older children.
The standard rooms at this Disney resort were quite roomy with minifridges that were perfect for storing milk and juice for my boys. My 2 1/2-year-old boys aren’t quite ready for big boy beds, but I didn’t want to have to load and unload two pack n’ plays for them. Luckily, the resort provided and setup Pack N’ Plays in our room for us. Sweet! I brought my own Pack N’ Play sheets and blankets for them, though. Fortunately, the room was able to accommodate two cribs while still providing ample room for us too and their stroller. Problem solved. The rooms also have a bathtub great for cleaning down the kiddos at the end of the day. Oh, and did I mention free WiFi and the Disney Junior channel on the TV?
Here is a video of our room on the second floor of Casitas 4 village at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort:[youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vRUERMOFZI” autohide=”0″ rel=”0″]
Since we drove to Orlando, we also appreciated that there was plenty of free parking at the hotel and that we were able to park right next to our room.
Bottom Line: I liked that Disney Coronado Springs Resort didn’t seem as crowded as the other Orlando hotels that I’ve stayed at before. Instead, it was like finding a not so hidden-gem. We’d happily stay at the hotel again for future Disney World trips.
We especially liked the playground and large family pool area for our toddlers. Check out this complete listing of Disney hotels with playgrounds and play areas for toddlers at Walt Disney World.